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day in philadelphia and learned with r what an architect does. i realized immediately that's what i wanted to do and went home and told mom and dad. my schooling prepared me for the education but the passion for redeveloping neighborhoods you such as the western edition was god-given. it's been fulfilling over the last thirty years. the second point of my personal history is when we were asked by the members of this community to undertake the development of the filing more site. i was being asked to work on a site that has great importance. during the process of putting that project together i have frequent encounters with ms.
rogers prior to her passing and i remember initialing we proposed it was a mixed project including 40 percent of the units affordable to low income residents. this was a program that was favored by ms. rogers and many in the community but in the end the agency wanted them to be condo. we met with ms. rogers to discuss the change (laughter) >> shall i pray now? (laughter) >> she agreed to support the project spitting of her own personal desires to see something of significance to be
developed in the western edition by black folk as rooerd townsend refers to us and she supported our efforts to support that project. the connection of those two points in history for me is the recognize that i follow the path into business and for that was with regarded with the opportunity to work on this project. to create a one hundred affordable senior units in the western edition dedicated to mary rogers pr i'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to witness her leadership and her passion and her commitment that she dated in working for this community.
i want to read a brief list of the folks who helped to make this project happen and to recognize the numerous individuals and thank them for their work. first faye paulson of yorba exposure. now that you've clapped could you hold your applause for everyone else after i've finished the list. mohammed and ms. jones all the folks at kay hill our architect team and all the various consultants. community housing partners and castro, the city of san francisco, building department the fire department which worked closely with us on this project and the funding sources.
silicon valley bank led by christen car and hudson housing capital which is ledly blake davis and the agency and the staff and a i did mayor's office of housing that worked own this project. again, i want to thank you all for giving me this stunt and finally, there's before introducing the next speaker rebecca i want to say it was my pleasure to work and partner with ac/dc. and most of all congratulate the rogers family (clapping.) and thank them for sharing ms. rogers for all those years amino >> i want to introduce rebecca
from silicon valley bank. rebecca >> i'm delighted to be here for the grand 0 opening pr i represent a lot of spflts. i want to give a shout out to faye who's our equity person and serving on the ac/dc board. we've provided over half a bloiltdz for the affordable housing in the bay area. we believe that economic inclusion is an important part of the diverse community. we do business by supporting affordable housing developers and after participating in the be financing of those fields. it takes a tremendous amount of
teamwork and pool of resources to make this happen. i do want to highlight the city of san francisco's contribution to this deal. it wasn't the biggest dollars it was the first money in. once that money is committed to a deal it can be lifrjd to private and public sources. i comprehend the city for investing in our community through affordable housing and i hope they will continue their work. reverend fong and michael your respected team at urban core at ac/dc thank you for involving us it's a beautiful project >> thank you rebecca. our goal is to cut the ribbon
with the mayor at 12:30. i'm carmen i'm the accessory wanted to be here to honor you. we're talking about one hundred affordable housing units it difficult to get to but it takes the efforts of the folks in the religiously community our developer community partners and the city. so again, today i'm thankful to be here to see this wonderful facility to provide housing. the assessors office we're the first office that sees problem when you see foreclosures. in the past the height of the
recession we saw 90 foreclosures and this year we're at the 26 but it's still too many. i think we have a long ways to go to remain affordable and we have a role to play. i want to say thank you, thank you, thank you and, of course, to the family helene rogers her spirit lives on so thank you so much >> thank you. (clapping). >> i wouldn't let reverend fong introduce the next speaker. as you know london breed is non- - now on the board of supervisors.
prior to that, i got to know london first and we're all proud she joins us ann as a representative of the board i want to say thank you for all our supports and for the rogers family >> (clapping) >> thank you. my first meeting at the national association for the advance of colored people the naacp i was very, very young. there were a lot of members of the community there. alex was the president at the time. i raised my hand and proposed an idea and was shot down all of a sudden out of no where this petite young yelled we support young people and listens to this
child she's our future and she went on and on. i said is that ms. rogers? i asked that because her name had been in honor household grouping. my grandmother would tell us stories about how ms. rogers did this and that. low and behold it was ms. rogers. when i had an opportunity to be part of the redevelopment allocation i made a phone call and rooerd jones but ms. rogers said this will be great for the community but you have to do what you think is best for you if you can be an advocate for the community then i support
you. i was able to be on this great committee where that folks were at the forefront of approving affordable housing and we were all at the table to name this facility after ms. rogers i was proud to be part of the process and working with her over the years. ms. rogers was a big presence i equipped her to be around pardon at any time hard for me, i can't imagine the impact on the family who had given her to the community. she made mario come and pick her up for a meeting and forced here kids to be part of the force. that's why we're standing here today because many of the
housing t is primarily due to ms. rogers fighting against the injustice of redevelopment and how we make decisions in this city. this is why i'm personally so appreciative of the tab natural doing the outreach. the reefrdz were aggressively outreaching to the african-american community because our numbers are over he 50 percent of the population which includes the seniors. ms. rogers wanted to make sure we were reaching out to the population and make sure they were living here like not only in the city. i appreciate the tab natural. we had a previous developer michael johnson's has stepped up to the plate. michael johnson stepped down
with the china town and they said absolutely we want to be part of this they develop incredible housing projects so the partnership of those along with the tab natural to make this affordable housing possible t is absolutely incredible and i know ms. rogers is 13450i8 down on us to make sure wire doing the right things. i'm honored to be a supervisor at that time, like this is opening up to our population. it's a beautiful building. i haven't seen the artwork but mario was actively see involved and we have so many people who are important. i want to mention reverend town sunday who dealt with the fights and so many people made this
probable possible. mr. king led the fight for the naming of the site after ms. rogers. it's an honor to be here and an honor to really have known ms. rogers and know when i'm making decisions at the board of supervisors i want to also know what ms. rogers do. if i do that i won't be politically correct and she was about that. you i'm happy to share in this occasion. i want to bring up the mayor >> thank you all so much for sharing with us on this occasion. >> well, thank you supervisor it's often said i just wanted to share my personal appreciation
for everybody that's here we need to keep together closely. this is another a example of what we can do. just imagine i've got to thank mary helene rogers when they pointed out out that young would woman in the crowd that's another way of thanking the rogers family. but just think imagine if the asian and the african-american community got together on more projects what we could accomplish. this was what was behind the selling con valley and the experience of the city together to provide leadership on housing so that one hundred units can be just a start. this is just a start. we know already it's rk9 our
values 20 of those units targeted for homeless seniors we've got to take care of our seniors. i want the city to show it's love for a whole generation of people. so let's keep coming together. we need more banks like silicon valley ail our banks to join the nonprofits and to join the communicative base and a developers like urban core and others to get more done. that's what's behind the infrastructure investment a replacement for very development. we weren't going to cry we were going to fight. so we were here two times and many of you recall that rainy
day when we green broke ground. we keep he pounding the ground. we came back and said with rooerd townsend we're going to do something else we're going to build the big picture. we announced the community trust fund for 1 and a half billion dollars to use that money to replace the projects so we full those other promises we made. and this is what's behind the mary helene rogers site. it fulfills a promise we wouldn't have poverty housing in this city to revision public housing. so let's keep working together
all the elements that mr. johnson identified we need outline r all those we need urban core and everybody to work across different racial ethic divides. we're not going to end this is about mary helene rogers legacy. i condominium to you this is just another beginning of more projects to come as we bring more people across. this is a city that's rich in resources. we've got 80 get those resources to talk to each other and make a commitment to build more housing in the city. reverend fong i'd like to have the rogers family come up and present to them this pramgs declaring today mary helene
senior day in san francisco (clapping.) i think mario is going to speak and could you introduce the artists as well. nancy where you at? >> right here. oh, there you go. this is after the doing the murals. i'm mario i'm one of 9 sons. my mom and dad raised us in the community awhile she fight in the community she didn't fight us she beat us and made the
familiar roses that reverend townsend talked about. i want to thank everyone for coming out. in the one of my mom's themes. sure. michael, thank you for doing this project. i need to set the record straight for people in this community. there was an outreach done in this community people complaining about black folks not obeying being accepted in this project they were. some of them didn't qualify and do what they were supposed to do. they didn't follow through with what they were supposed to do. reverend mccrepe maid that everyone got into this project. those who got in did what they
were supposed to do. awning driveway would you raise our hand. mark he got back into the project so i know it works he's my brother envy twin. outreach works (clapping) so i wanted to set the record straight. michael working diligently with this family and chinatown worked diligently with the family day to day. i worked on this project from the day it started to end. so i know they did what they were supposed to do. i wasn't going to let it had anything else. when they told us the rent was going to be too high we went back to the drawing board and
came up with other monies to induces some of the units. so they did a good job. thank you from the family for everybody that worked on this project. my mother it smiling down other than the project and city. we were more than ready to share her because she made sure that we did our homework and chores whatever. and if we didn't you all know what she did to us. with that, i'm going to turn it over to my baby brother paul he wants to sing a short song to my mother to honor her >> i'd like to thank everybody for coming out and honor my mother and the mayor and the rest of the supervisors.
my mother is definitely smiling down on us right now. i want to say. i used be afraid that no one was ever going to love me this way. but i feel better now. no one could ever say to me that's a shame because my love is mine. i used to say i love everyday. to make you realize trust in the things i say. look at me now, when you could clearly see the love i feel for you you don't need words for me.
because it's love. i say it's love. it's mary rogers love. >> all right. (clapping) >> thank you paul. that's perfect we're going to close right now rooerd mccrepe can you come with me over here. we're going to do the blessings here and kit the ribbon. so may the spirit and legacy of mary hell on rogers bebe appreciated forest through this senior housing development may this one hundred how's be a safe place and repeat after reverend making crepe >> peace. >> peace.
groups, unlike many of the other properties, it serves small children with the children's play grounds and clubhouses that has basketball courts, it has an outdoor soccer field and so there were a lot of people that came to the table that had their wish list and we did our best to make sure that we kind of divided up spaces and made sure that we kept the old features of the playground but we were able to enhance all of those features. >> the playground and the soccer field and the tennis fields and it is such a key
part of this neighborhood. >> we want kids to be here. we want families to be here and we want people to have athletic opportunities. >> we are given a real responsibility to insure that the public's money is used appropriately and that something really special comes of these projects. we generally have about an opportunity every 50 years to redo these spaces. and it is really, really rewarding to see children and families benefit, you know, from the change of culture, at each one of these properties >> and as a result of, what you see behind us, more kids are playing on our soccer fields than ever before. we have more girls playing sports than we have ever had before. [ applause ] fp >> and we are sending a strong message that san francisco families are welcome and we want you to stay.
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